A Call to Action: Success Stories

The National Park Service turns 100 on August 25, 2016. To us, it's not about cakes and candles — it's about being an organization ready to take on the challenges of our second century. Our blueprint to get there — A Call to Action — outlines the innovative work we want to accomplish. Every partner, program, and park plays a dynamic role in realizing that vision. Take a look at what we're doing and get involved!

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  • Saguaro National Park

    Second Annual BEYOND Social Run

    BEYOND participants running on a dirt road among the saguaro cactus in Saguaro National Park

    This 5 mile run is part of a community-wide initiative to get more people outside recreating, enjoying the area’s open spaces, and making a commitment to improve our collective physical and mental health. Read more

  • Saguaro National Park

    Saguaro National Park Work Unit Surveys (W.U.S.)

    Saguaro National Park’s Work Unit Survey

    Saguaro National Park developed a metric to stimulate discussion about overall culture and track successes and areas for improvement. Read more

  • Martin Luther King Jr National Historic Site

    Panel Discussion with Children of the Movement

    Elder Bernice King

    a panel discussion that highlighted the experiences as seen through the eyes of the children that were either actively involved or witnessed the Movement first-hand thus becoming first generation benefactors of their parent's tireless work within the Civil Rights struggle. Read more

  • Palo Alto Battlefield National Historical Park

    Palo Alto Battlefield 2.0

    Palo Alto's social and digital media

    Park using social media to connect people and place. Read more

  • Palo Alto Battlefield National Historical Park

    Dial in History

    Palo Alto Battlefield's digital and social media

    Park uses cellphone technology to enhance the visitor experience. Read more

  • Martin Luther King Jr National Historic Site

    Celebrating Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Birthday with a Children's Birthday Party

    Dr. Christine King Farris, the Sister of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

    A unique opportunity for kindergarten through second grade students to learn about Dr. King's upbringing through the shared experiences of his sister Dr. Christine King Farris. Dr. Farris read her book "My Brother Martin". Read more

  • Palo Alto Battlefield National Historical Park

    History Comes Alive

    Living Historian standing by his horse

    Park's brings history to life with Living History programs. Read more

  • Martin Luther King Jr National Historic Site

    The observance of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Birthday and National Holiday

    The Tomb of Dr. and Mrs. Martin Luther King, Jr.

    The Day of Service projects throughout the City of Atlanta; historic tours of Ebenezer Baptist Church and Dr. King’s Birth Home; and, the Annual Commemorative Service which highlighted keynote speaker Rev. Samuel Roderiquez, President, The National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference. The activities empowered individuals, strengthened communities, bridged barriers, created solutions to social problems, and moved us closer to Dr. King’s vision of a beloved community. Read more

  • Big Bend National Park

    Preserving the Primal Sky

    Night Sky over Casa Grande

    When the natural cycle of night and day is extended, as with artificial light, organisms have difficulty coping with the changes. Prey has more chance of being preyed on, visual cues for reproduction and migration are altered, and sleep patterns change. All of these things can be harmful to their existence. Big Bend National Park has openly addressed this issue, and taken the initiative to significantly reduce light pollution and promote preservation of dark nigh skies. Read more

  • Big Bend National Park

    The Eyes Have It!

    Tuff Canyon Wayside Exhibit

    Big Bend National Park has taken important measures to insure visitors receive eye-catching, interpretive information with improved wayside exhibits. The park also has an engaging orientation film that will be available in late spring, 2013 (as soon as construction is complete on the new auditorium). And, future plans include a dynamic exhibit that showcases the park's incredible fossil record. Read more

  • Big Bend National Park

    The 21st Century Park

    Big Bend on the Web

    Big Bend National Park has taken considerable strides over the last few years with regard to digital audiences. The website is now much more user-friendly, has a multimedia link that includes HD videos, and Facebook is coming soon! Read more

  • Denali National Park & Preserve

    From the Top of North America to Your Classroom

    children reacting with excitement

    In December 2012, Denali education rangers teleported themselves via Skype into 3rd through 6th grade classrooms across the United States to present fun, standards-based science lessons on sled dog adaptations and the geology of Mt. McKinley. Over three weeks the two rangers Skyped with almost 1,000 students in 13 states. Based on this success, Denali plans to offer distance learning programs from November through January on an annual basis. Read more

  • Big Bend National Park

    Tasting the Difference

    Chisos Basin Convenience Store

    Healty foods make for happy visitors! Big Bend National Park and the park's concessionaire, Forever Resorts, have collaborated to offer healthier menu choices in the park’s restaurant and more variety of healthy food products in the park's convenience stores. Read more

  • Big Bend National Park

    Parks and Partners - Hand in Hand

    Learning About Tracks

    The Division of Interpretation, in close cooperation with regional partners, has made several notable accomplishments this year. Read more

  • Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor

    A Public Private Partnership Provides New Opportunities for NY Students

    Three students look on intently as a supervisor helps them perform archaeology under a white tent.

    Two important grants awarded to the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor have provided access to historic and cultural sites for over 1300 students across New York State and provided new web-based tools to help teachers bring the stories of those sites into the classroom. Read more

  • Learning and Development

    Peer to Peer Network Grows

    Associate Director, David Vela, speaks to New Superintendent's Academy

    Twenty-five additional new Superintendents have graduated! The New Superintendent's Academy is a developmental opportunity for first-time superintendents. The program now has 89 total graduates. Read more

  • Colorado National Monument

    Breaking Barriers: Bringing Students to Colorado National Monument

    Yellow school buses full of students were rolling into Colorado National Monument all spring and fall. Within the past year 82 buses from Mesa County Valley School District received transportation scholarships funded by grants from the National Park Foundation and the local Grand Junction Junior Service League. Over 3,700 students were able to attend ranger-guided field trips to learn first-hand about weathering and erosion, fossils, animal adaptations, and more. Read more

  • Colorado National Monument

    COLM adopts a local 2nd grade class at Dual Immersion Academy(DIA) to meet goal #15.

    DIA 2nd Graders hiking down the historic Serpents Trail in Colorado National Monument.

    The park embarked on the first year of this four-year project by adopting the 2nd graders at the Dual Immersion Academy (DIA) as their graduating class. The fifty students involved in the program will visit the park four times a year and participate in Ranger-led classroom activities each month for the next four years. As fifth graders, they will “graduate” during the NPS centennial year in 2016. Read more

  • Assateague Island National Seashore

    Wading Into the Past

    A shipwreck exposed in the surf after a storm.

    People have long relied on Assateague Island for survival, livelihood, community, and enjoyment. Those who have spent time on and around the island have changed it and been changed by it. Read more

  • Southeast Region

    Youth Intern Program Hiring, Biscayne N.P.

    Interpretation intern Mayra Molina, on right, with local visitors.

    Biscayne National Park is increasing the number of youth hired in the Southeast Region under the Youth Intern Program in order to expose new generations to potential career opportunities within the National Park Service. Read more